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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:00am

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

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After 75 Years, Here's Looking At You, 'Casablanca'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:02am

Did you know Humphrey Bogart had to stand on a box for scenes with tall Ingrid Bergman? NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the sound stage where the 1942 classic was filmed — and returned with stories.

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3 Teenage Outsiders Navigate Friendship And Desire In 'As You Are'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

An intimate portrait of high school friends caught up in the aftermath of a violent incident places us inside their heads with sensitivity and restraint.

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Amiable But Generic 'Rock Dog' Chases Its Own Tail

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

This Chinese-U.S. co-production, based on a graphic novel by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun, pads its way through a familiar story about a mastiff who wants to make it big in the music industry.

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'Get Out': A Terrifically Topical — And Terrifying — Satire

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Comedian Jordan Peele's debut feature as writer/director is a blisteringly smart horror film buoyed by the "shimmering, righteous anger" of its take on race, says critic Chris Klimek.

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Oscar-Nominated Animated Film 'My Life As A Zucchini' Makes For A Satisfying Meal

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Up for best animated feature, this French-Swiss stop-motion tale of a young boy's life in a group home offers a small, meticulously detailed story that leavens melancholy with humor.

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'Get Out' Offers Sharp Satire Along With The Scares

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:26pm

Get Out is an impressively accomplished directorial debut says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.

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These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:26pm

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:38pm

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

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'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.

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'Top Chef' Is Delivering A Satisfying Season Right On Time

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:57am

If you need a lift and a bit of diversion, it's not too late to enjoy the last two episodes of an awfully satisfying season of Top Chef.

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This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?

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Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

Mall Of America Searches For Writer-In-Residence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., is the largest mall in the United States, and it is now looking for a writer-in-residence.

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:44am

Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.

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At 40, Paris' Pompidou Center Is Still 'An Unexpected Trip'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:37am

The modern art museum, which opened on Jan. 31, 1977, holds a secure place in the heart of Paris — and in Parisians' hearts. But it wasn't always so. Horrified critics compared it to an oil refinery.

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Seijun Suzuki, Director Of Delirious Thrillers, Dies At Age 93

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:28am

These days, Suzuki's Branded to Kill is widely seen as a masterpiece; when he made the absurdist thriller in 1967, he was fired.

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Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:00am

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?

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